5.17.2012

Our Deck Makeover




Our deck got a lovely makeover!

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this because I put up like 3 pictures of the process. When we first bought our house, we loved the yard and the big deck. Since then, both of our neighbors have put up fences (that I cannot stand), but we still love our big backyard and that a house isn't directly behind us. Billy stained the deck last year, but the previous owners never treated it before, so it still needed more work.

Insert our good friend Mike.

Mike loves to do house projects and was determined to not only stain our deck for us, but change the look of it and finish it for us while we were at work. Amazing, I know. Mike gave us the idea to paint the railings white and leave the bottom a cedar stain. Billy ended up taking some time off work to help Mike finish the deck, but Mike did a lot of it himself. We were so incredibly thankful! We absolutely love how it turned out...the white railing actually make the deck look even bigger and makes it POP! ;) We can't wait for all the cookouts we will be having this summer. Our first one was this past weekend and we finished it off with s'mores, reesee s'mores to be exact (my fav, duh!), in our fire pit. (Name this movie:"How can I have more if I haven't had anything yet?")

I decorated the deck with coral lanterns, bright colored chairs, and bright seat cushions, all of which are from Target. Love that store. All of the seating we have is perfect for entertaining a big group of people!


Here is a  "before" picture, and of course all the wonderful "after" pictures.



Obviously all of the deck was brown, and we had our table and chairs in this corner area.
We decided to rearrange the deck differently this time, and I think it opens the space up a little more.








Some of our first cookout guests...




Billy roasting his s'mores to perfection...he makes the BEST ones (because he's so patient-me? Not so much.)
...it's quite the process, I tell ya.



and here are the boys right when they finished the deck
admiring the final product...ha.



What do you think?!
Have you given your deck a little makeover?

How do you decorate to entertain your friends and family?

33 comments :

  1. You deck is amazing!!! Love it. Can't wait to start on ours..

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  2. Gah I love your deck! It looks straight out of a catalog! :) Y'all did a great job!!

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  3. your deck looks awesome! I love how you painted the railing white and stained the bottom. Looks great!

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  4. Katie the deck looks amazing! I love all of the pops of color you added with the cushions it looks so good with the white! I just started following Sarah a few days ago but I must have missed her giveaway.. I am going to enter right now :) Have a great day love!!

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  5. Oh HELL YA!! L-O-V-E me some deck/patio drinking! Can't wait to break this thing in next weekend!!

    A dog named Floyd...omg I love it!! I need a dog named Floyd! And that gray/white wall...SWOON! (Ok-now I also need a painter...)

    This girl looks cooler than you, Katie. Maybe I'll stop in Cincy to see her? ;)

    LOVE YOU!

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  6. Your deck looks amazinnng!

    Thanks for having me over today!!

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  7. LOVE the deck...it looks great and so does your huge backyard!! And Sarah is just the sweetest! :)

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  8. Your deck looks amazing! I love your backyard! Thanks for the heads up about Sarah, her blog, and her giveaway. I love finding new blogs!

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  9. The deck looks great!! Love the white with the wood!

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  10. Loving your deck makeover! Now, invite me over to enjoy some brewskis on it :) Please and thank you.

    Um, and Sarah is too cute! Entering her giveaway - DUH ;)

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  11. You're right! It does make the deck look bigger!

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  12. Your deck is awesome!! Love it

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  13. Your deck is beautiful! and I love your backyard! So nice and relaxing to just sit under the umbrella grill out and drink a few beers....ahhhhh :)

    Oh, and that quote is from the Sandlot ;) love that movie!

    and you must teach me how to do a recese s'more! sounds delish!
    xo

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  14. your deck is GORGEOUS!!! I would love to have an ACTUAL deck like this but alas we have a one story and the only way to have a deck similar to yours would be to build up...don't think I can convince The Husband to do THAT lol =) It looks fabulous girl! I would def be spending lots of evenings out there with a bit of wine =)

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  15. Love the deck. It is beautiful!!!

    Can someone please come paint my walls?!?

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  16. That's your deck? Amazing! We don't have decks in LA...unless you live in the Hollywood Hills and are a movie star lol. I'll live vicariously through you!

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  17. BEAUTIFUL DECK!!! loved following along on all the pics

    i also love the perfectly placed coronas :-) Looks like this belongs in better homes and gardens or something along that line! GORGEOUS!

    cant wait to sit my lil bum on those chairs and breathe in the ohio air! that sounds lame. But i cant wait to sit on the deck :)

    xoxoxo

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  18. gah!!!!! i have total deck envy!!! it looks AMAZING!! what a tranformation! i am inspired....the colors, the landscaping,t he tiki torches...i love all of it. i'm comin' over!! :)

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  19. Oh my gosh--LOVE your deck! The turquoise chair is amazing.

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  20. Love your patio! I also have the pink lantern and candleholder on mine. Cute blog!

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  21. i absolutely adore your deck!! i cannot wait until we buy a house and i can do my own! i hope you don't mind me pinning a picture for inspiration for the future?

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  22. Love your deck...and Sarah!! I'll definitely have to enter that giveaway!

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  23. wow! i am SO jealous of your backyard! how pretty!

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  24. Gahh the after pictures are incredible!! Looks amazing! I would want to sit out there every night.

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  25. gorgeous! just in time for summer too! i love all the colors and pops of funness

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  26. Your deck now looks like it belongs on the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog, I LOVE it! Our house only has a flat patio, but I think I want a deck on our next house. I don't know why it is so appealing but it is :) And yours only adds to that appeal!

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  27. Love the white railing with the dark now...looks great!

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  28. I do agree! Your deck looked a lot more appealing than before. Picking teal colored cushions was a great idea! Look how it popped out and stood out from the greenery around it. This is a very beautiful makeover! Keep up the good work! :)

    Angelina Garcia

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  29. The 'before' and 'after' are equally beautiful, but the 'after' has some stand-out appeal! Decorating your deck is great and a practical way to entertain your friends. Not only do you please them and yourself, you also improve the value and visual aspect of your house. | Ryann@
    YanceyCompany.com|

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  30. You spruced up your deck well, Katie. The colorful chairs are better than the brown ones which looked dull as that is already the color of the rails and floor deck. And speaking of rails, the white is much better too. =) Jared @ DesMoinesIowaContractor.com

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